Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Future of Education
MOOCs and EdTech Tools for Distance Learning
Serafeim A. Triantafyllou
Nowadays, the rapid development of educational technology can enrich distance learning in many ways. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) constitute a recent and widely recognized mode of learning in distance education, first introduced in 2008. MOOCs have the potential to be transformed into a powerful tool that can strengthen learners’ engagement to online courses through open access to information and real knowledge. Also, web-based digital tools such as Kahoot, Google Docs (Google Documents), TitanPad and Etherpad are edtech tools that let a group of people come together to create and edit documents. These tools allow learners and instructors to ask questions, group them, write a text together and collaborate in real time. This paper aims to synthesize research and findings on the content of MOOCs utilization in the educational process and to contribute to a better scientific understanding of MOOCs and other edtech tools such as Kahoot, Google Documents, TitanPad and Etherpad, as they can be used in real conditions to improve educational technology.
keywords: educational technology, collaborative learning, self-regulated learning, distance learning.